The Practical Plus Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical Katana (SH1070), but using more traditional fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and differentially hardened in the traditional claying method with a prominent hamon. The Practical Plus features genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, with a wrap (Tsuka-Ito) specially developed for its gripping qualities. The long tang is double-pegged for security. The fittings of the Practical Plus are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with dragon menuki, and the handsome Tsuba is of an iron sunburst design with a brass habaki. Practical Plus Katana Specs: Differentially tempered blade Prominent hamon Iron tsuba Japanese dogwood fittings Genuine rayskin on tsuka Synthetic leather ito Double pegged Dragon menuki Great starter sword Comes with sword bag, and original box. Has nice hamon, Has some light scratches and some wear on the leather wrapped handle, otherwise good condition.